German chancellor Angela Merkel warns US pullout from Syria risks boosting influence of Russia and Iran
Washington is struggling to convince allies to stay on in Syria after it leaves and Angela Merkel warned of the risks of leaving a vacuum in the region.
US Senate opposes Trump's plan to withdraw troops from Syria, Afghanistan; lawmakers say terror groups still pose 'serious threat'
The Republican-led US Senate backed largely symbolic legislation on Monday that broke with President Donald Trump by opposing plans for any abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan. The Senate voted 70-26 in favour of a non-binding amendment, drafted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying it was the sense of the Senate that Islamist militant groups in both countries still pose a "serious threat" to the United States.
A series of car bomb explosions, including a suicide attacker who blew himself up after being surrounded by security forces, rocked the Syrian capital on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding a dozen more, state TV reported.